DEQ Taken To The Cleaners

April 10, 2002
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WYOMING — The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said that a Wyoming dry cleaning business is in line for a pollution prevention loan from a special state program funded by the Clean Michigan Initiative.

Mr. Dud’s Cleaning and Laundry plans to improve its dry-cleaning equipment with a $30,394 low-interest loan from the DEQ.

The new gear will significantly reduce its use of the hazardous cleaning solvent perchloroethylene, known as “perc,” plus eliminate the disposal of spent filters as hazardous waste.

“The program continues to attract applicants seeking ‘greener’ ways to operate their businesses. The good news, in addition to the environmental benefit, is that ‘greener’ equals ‘leaner’ due to the cost savings from the low-interest rates and by reducing the cost for waste management and disposal,” said DEQ Director Russell Harding.

The DEQ and Comerica Bank of Wyoming will each fund half the loan.

“With this new equipment, we expect to reduce our perc usage by 50 percent and eliminate the annual disposal of 16 spent filters as hazardous waste, said Haeok Kim, owner of Mr. Dud’s Cleaning and Laundry at 1230 28th Street SW.

Mr. Dud’s is the second Kent County business to participate in the program this year. Allegra Print & Imaging of Grand Rapids became the state’s first commercial printer to be awarded a loan. (See related story.)

Loans are available to all private business sectors including farming, manufacturing, retail and service. Businesses must have fewer than 100 employees to qualify for the loans, which can be as much as $100,000. Applicants must document how the loan will be used to eliminate or reduce environmental waste.

For more information, call the DEQ at (800) 662-9278.

The Small Business Pollution Prevention Program uses funds from the $675 million Clean Michigan Initiative to pay down the interest rate for businesses that qualify.

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